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Houston Texans News: November 17, 2016

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Houston Texans News

Texans warned to stay in hotel, not order room service in Mexico
The team distributed a memo to players with notes on safety for the upcoming trip to Mexico.

Bill O'Brien says Texans are 'happy' they drafted a lineman over Derek Carr -
The Texans still need a franchise quarterback because Brock Osweiler certainly isn't the answer.

Jon Gruden Talks Derek Carr, Previews Raiders Matchup Against Houston Texans
Jon Gruden will be in the broadcast booth for the Raiders Week 11 matchup against the Texans, and Wednesday afternoon he previewed the game on a conference call.

Texans still trying to get ball to DeAndre Hopkins - Houston Chronicle
After nine games last season, receiver DeAndre Hopkins had 71 catches for 957 yards and seven touchdowns.

Texans' Vince Wilfork, A.J. Bouye return to practice - Houston Chronicle
Five-time Pro Bowl nose tackle Vince Wilfork practiced Wednesday for the first time since injuring his groin against the Detroit Lions.

Texans' A.J. Bouye: 'I'll be ready come Monday night' - Houston Chronicle
The timing of a sprained ankle last Friday prevented Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye from playing two days later against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Breakfast: 2016 Taste of the Texans
The Houston Texans set a record at their eighth annual Taste of the Texans, raising over $355,000 to benefit the Houston Texans Foundation, the Houston Food Bank and the Houston Methodist Hospital.

Texans Running Back Core Thin At Wednesday Practice " CBS Houston
The Texans have been dealing with injuries at a variety of positions throughout the season.

NFL News

Marcus Mariota makes the Titans unstoppable in the red zone -
What's driving the Tennessee Titans' resurgence? Free agent NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz take a closer look at the best red zone offense in the NFL and the man behind it, quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Ezekiel Elliott overtakes Tom Brady as 2016 NFL MVP favorite -
The Cowboys rookie is making a strong case for his candidacy.

Christine Michael is the Packers’ latest attempt to find a reliable running back -
The Seahawks moved on from the fourth-year back, who will boost a depleted Packers backfield.

NFL Week 11 preview: The Packers will struggle until Aaron Rodgers eats cheese again -
The Uffsides crew analyzes key aspects of the best Week 11 games, such as Jeff Fisher's mustache care, the Rams' quest for 7-9 under Jared Goff, the religious earth-magic powering Frank Gore's longevity, and who would play Pete Carroll in a biopic.

Houston & Collegiate News

Astros sign Charlie Morton, free agent pitcher - The Crawfish Boxes
Houston jumped into the shallow free agent starter market by locking up the right-hander who previously played with the Pirates, Braves and Phillies.

Rockets lose winnable heartbreaker to Thunder, 105-103 - The Dream Shake
This one stings.

Daily Round Up: How About Les Miles? - Burnt Orange Nation
Oddsmakers pegged Miles as our next head coach.

Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. Raises Baylor’s Ceiling - Our Daily Bears
The big man has shocked the world and made people take notice of the Bears.

TCU Random Fact of the Week: The Weirdo 1959 Cotton Bowl - Frogs O' War
One of TCU’s weirdest games happened 57 years ago.

Team Black Takes Red vs Black Scrimmage - Viva The Matadors
Team Black wins Games 4 and 5 over Red for a 4-1 series victory.

THE TAILGATE: A Graphical Preview of Texas A&M vs UTSA - Good Bull Hunting
They are who we thought they were.

The Week That Will Be: Bowl Fever - Barking Carnival
The real story will be if Texas doesn't come home from Lawrence bowl eligible...

Can a Punter Get Some Love - Underdog Dynasty
In a sloppy 30-18 victory over Tulane, it was Houston’s punter Dane Roy who was the X-Factor.

The Bull & Its Horns: Q&A with GK Callum Irving - Dynamo Theory
Canadian international Callum Irving discusses soccer, beards, and his beautiful country, eh?

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